I have a lot of nature photos and have uploaded some to my Redbubble store. Some are pretty amazeballs, if I do say so myself.
But not all of them are that amazeballs, so I’m jazzing up some of them with a little digital alteration. I was really inspired by how Sara Tepes uses photos for visual textures, and my favorite technique so far has been to take royalty-free photos of outer space – stars – and layer these onto the photos.
I’m also isolating elements by making the backgrounds black and white and leaving the important parts in color.
I swear I posted my original sketch of my chibi Birth of Venus from at least two years ago, but I can’t find it. Oh well!
I am using the vector art program Inkscape to make this. I thought I’d try making the basic line art as vector and so far I am loving it. One of my most time-consuming tasks when painting digitally is just matching my own pencil lines with the paintbrush. With vector – and a high “smooth” setting – I can bust out these lines and then adjust them as needed.
I finished it! It took a while (10.5 hours over a month) but I’m really pleased. And I put it in my Redbubble store, so take a look!
My technique is to draw the line art digitally and add watercolor textures for color, but I was inspired by Sara Tepes (an upcoming Artist Profile) to add real photos for the sparkly stars. I went to Pixabay and Pexel to find royalty-free space photos.
Using the free, open source program Krita, I increased the contrast of the galaxy photos and set the blend mode of the photo layers to multiply or screen, depending on the darkness or lightness I was going for. I’m definitely going to use this technique in the future, because using real stars is way easier than trying to make random sparkles with a brush – and looks better!
I ordered seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and planted them at the beginning of April. I was inspired by Stardew Valley to start growing my own food, and eventually I’d like to have enough plants that I can save some money with a container garden.
Little did I know that from this practical desire would spring intense delight and love! I have fallen head over heels for the little sprouts that came up! Actually some are still emerging and I squee over every new one.
Here are some photos (please forgive my terrible phone camera):